Nearly every year, complaints about sweepstakes crop up among the top 10 complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission.
Recently I received a call from a number which I did not recognize. The woman on the line...more
Defendant Agrees To Telemarketing, Robocalling Ban In FTC Deal -
A defendant agreed to a permanent ban from telemarketing and robocalling in a deal with the Federal Trade Commission, by settling allegations he had...more
With its latest settlement, the Federal Trade Commission shows that its prior targeting of prerecorded voice dialing platforms, as opposed to those who use them to place “robocalls,” was no one-off initiative, and that it has...more
SPECIAL FOCUS: FTC Workshop on Native Advertising – The “Blurred Lines” Remain Fuzzy -
The increased prevalence of online native advertising – commercial content designed with the look and feel of editorial comment –...more
In this issue:
- October 16 is Coming…Is Your Company Ready?
- Are Disclaimers a Dying Breed?
- It Just Got Easier to Do the Right Thing, in Maine at Least
- No Matter Who’s Watching, Some Ads Just...more
Fourth Circuit "Likes" First Amendment Protection for Social Media Speech -
A Facebook "like" is speech protected by the First Amendment, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, reversing a federal court...more
DNT Standard Remains Elusive -
The struggle to set a standard for a Do Not Track program continues.
Two years into the process, the Tracking Protection Working Group of the World Wide Web Consortium has failed...more
“Natural” False Ad Settlements for $9 Million, $3.2 Million -
Two consumer class actions alleging that “natural” claims were false and deceptive reached settlement deals recently, with Naked Juice agreeing to pay $9...more
On July 9, the FTC announced that a third-party debt collector and its subsidiaries agreed to pay a $3.2 million civil penalty to resolve allegations that the companies violated the FDCPA and FTC Act by (i) calling...more
On June 27, the FTC announced that a mortgage broker will pay a $7.5 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Rule (MAP...more
A Friendly Reminder from the FTC: You May Be in Trouble -
Continuing the countdown to the effective date of the amended Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule, the Federal Trade Commission sent “educational...more
Once again, the FTC has completed a major enforcement action against the illegal use of robocalls, a form of prerecorded, computerized telemarketing calls. This time, the action resulted in a $1.1 million civil penalty...more
In this issue:
- FTC Robocall Challenge Draws Almost 750 Submissions
- Advertising Substantiation Standards: A Brave New World
- Robocall, DNC Violations May Annoy FTC Even More Than the Average Consumer
On October 18, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission hosted a robocall summit to address the current state of the law and to reinforce the FTC’s commitment to enforcing those laws. Additionally, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection...more
Our March 15, 2012 advisory below described how the FCC revised its telemarketing rules in an attempt to reconcile them with parallel FTC regulations, but in doing so exceeded what the FTC did in a couple of key areas. The...more
In an action filed by the Federal Trade Commission, a California district court has issued a temporary restraining order against the operators of debt relief companies that the agency says not only made false representations...more
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